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. today we are in poolesville maryland. i'm here with the good folks. >> so many people have come out so far. you can see where everybody is this morning. we have our own musicians out here this morning. >> he has been here for us all morning. we also have a grand entrance coming up. we are going to highlight motorcycle club here in the area. we will have that later for you. also a good look back at where poolesville comes from. >> we will talk with the commissioners of this town and we'll talk about the ferry.
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so we'll talk with the folks that run that. >> the whole crew is out here today. right now we want to say good morning to tony and tucker. good morning. we have a guest, tucker -- take it easy. he sees his owner over there. this is theo. >> he is having a good time. >> it's okay. i'm going to get to the weather before anything happens here. we have a heat advisory going into effect today at noon. it is because we are expecting our temperatures to be in the upper 90s. >> would it be a dog day? >> it would be a dog day.
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very nicely done. it is going to feel like it is up to 105-degrees later today. annapolis you are under it, too, baltimore, washington, here in poolesville, as well. there is a heat watch in effect for tomorrow. that will likely become an advisory at some point tonight for tomorrow's weather. 79-degrees in the district. in new york city it is 65. locally we have temperatures anywhere from the upper 60s into the low 80s depending on where you are this morning. here is your forecast for today. that heat advisory goes into effect at noon. it will be mostly sunny, hot and humid. high about 98-degrees today. >> not so bad right now, though. >> here in poolesville it is 70-
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degrees. humidity is near 80% but the temperature is comfortable. good morning, guys. it is a lot of fun out there. we are dealing with a new accident on the roads. as you head out there 66 seeing a lot of heavy traffic and then past 123, once you get past that a smoother trip inbound. things look okay through springfield. we do have delays getting across the 14th street bridge into the district. that's a check of your traffic. let's head over to sarah simmons. our top story, some good news for struggling home owners. a mortgage event is going on.
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sherri ly joins us live outside the convention center where people have been camping out overnight. >> reporter: i bet it has been a long night for a lot of people at the convention center. we are being told that more than a thousand people have already lined up. the line goes as far as you can see. this is all in hopes of getting a better deal on their mortgage and to avoid foreclosure. this is going on 20 hours a day over the next eight days. people began camping out overnight to get in the door at 9 a.m. the event is run by nica which say they have helped thousands of home owners modify their mortgages. the people here will get a chance to meet with one of the hundreds of counselors inside and loan providers to work out a more affordable mortgage.
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the nonprofit expects to see 40 to 50,000 people in the next three days. the company says even with the thousands it has helped it will not be able to work out a deal with everyone. >> we never promise that we'll be able to save everyone's home. we promise for them to be able to come out for free. we have a few complaints however we have thousands of people that we've helped. >> reporter: the majority of the people are getting the help they need. an example of somebody who may not be able to get their home modified is someone who owns more than one home or someone who has overextended themselves. once they get rid of that they have an affordable mortgage.
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all of the services being offered are free but it is going to take a while. once inside people are going to go through an orientation and meet with a counselor and loan providers and then meet with counselors again. all of this stuff will be done on the spot but it is going to take several hours and that doesn't include the wait time in the line. this is going on 4 hours a day for the next eight days ending on july 30. new this morning, a deadly accident on william beans road in marlboro. one person was thrown from the car and died. three kids went to the hospital last night in ocean city after getting hurt on a roller coaster. this is a video of the roller coaster. ocean city police say the ride
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had a mechanical problem which injured three riders between the ages of 10 and 15. the coaster is closed today. let's send things back out to alison and steve who are in poolesville. >> reporter: good morning. we are in poolesville. we will be out here until 10:00 this morning. we have touched on some of the history of this area. you had a chance to find out more about the history of this nice town. >> reporter: not unlike a lot of our fantastic american cities here is a closer look at what makes poolesville the city that it is. >> poolesville dates way back in the history. it is one of the historical towns of maryland. >> reporter: poolesville is a very close knit community. >> you can call it cultural or
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psychological. >> reporter: this town has many hidden treasures, horses, a mid 19th century school house and one of the oldest cable ferries. >> there was a time as recently as the 60s when it would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of families whose roots dent go back three or four generations. we have grown from 350 in 1960 to 5300 today. we have changed in a lot of ways. we have become much more a commuter kind of community. >> reporter: despite these changes one thing that hasn't changed is the town's desire to maintain their neighborly feel. >> the community spiritt, the sense that we are all together in this small community and
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that we share our problems and we share our celebrations. i think that's part of the culture. >> reporter: and part of the charm that makes up this hometown. welcome back out now live. >> reporter: we have some of the folks in charge of running this town this morning, the commissioners. you are the commissioner president and jim brown is with me, as well. >> he is our town manager. >> reporter: we heard you coming in. great bikes, great town. tell us a bit about how this structure works with the commissioners. >> five elected commissioners and out of that five they select a president and a vice president. the town's about 5300 people.
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we operate a water system, sewerage system, board of zoning appeals, $2.8 million budget. >> reporter: it is a great treasure, i grew up in a real small town so i appreciate being a part of that and having a feeling of family and how community oriented that is. it is great that you can have that and still be so close to the nation's capitol. is that a double edged sword. do you worry about it getting too big too fast here? >> we welcome it and we are in the middle of the montgomery county agricultural reserve as you can witness by the tractor and equipment. it is not uncommon to see farm machinery moving up and down the roads. it helps us. our borders are small and outside the town you can't build so it is great. >> reporter: the education
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system here, speak to the number of schools and your role in covering the school system. >> the best thing about our school system is that even though we are kind of shoved off to the side we have a total of four great schools, two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. the elementary schools are award winning. they are fantastic. one is the closest thing you would see to a small town country school. our high school is a magnet program high school. it was just recently named one of the top 60 high schools of all the high schools in the country. we have a great school system here, a lot of support. we have a lot of people. teachers live in town, etc. it is a small town atmosphere but a great school system. >> reporter: thank you so much for joining us. >> glad to have you in town. >> reporter: i'm going to come
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back. >> reporter: don't let tucker on the bikes. thank you, gentleman. we will have more coming up after this. we'll take a short break and then fox 5 morning news continues. [ female announcer ] welcome to busch gardens williamsburg,
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morning news in poolesville this morning. >> reporter: one of my new friends is max. after the last piece we did with the commissioners max said you never been on a tractor. so maybe i'll try to get on the tractor. max is going to university next fall. >> reporter: as we send things over to tony and tucker we found out we can get the keys to that beautiful tractor. i haven't driven a tractor since i was 14 years old. i grew up in a rural area. maybe we can get tucker on there. >> reporter: can i go if you get on the tractor? >> reporter: i think steve should get on it. he used to work a farm. we showed you a shot and you were hearing music a moment ago. i want to let you know that the
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gentleman planning is doug bell. you are wonderful. thank you very much. we will try to stump him in a little bit. we want to talk about the weather. heat advisory in effect for today goes into effect at noon. right now a comfortable 72- degrees. it is a little humid but the temperature is comfortable, certainly better than dc. 80 in annapolis. colpepper is at 73-degrees. let's take a look at the tropics because we do have a tropical storm this morning. it is tropical storm bonnie. >> maximum winds 40 miles per hour. it is going to head out in the gulf. the path over the next couple of days takes it west of new orleans by the end of the weekend. we have tropical storm watches and warnings posted for floridas and the northern gulf.
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this is right where we don't want to as we are dealing with bp capping that well in the gulf. >> five day forecast looking for a hiday of about 98- degrees. it is going to feel like about 105 tomorrow. we are looking for a high of 100-degrees. it will feel like it is up to 110 in the urban areas tomorrow. with us this morning you see some of the folks with one world one hope. it is a group that is raising money for cancer research. they have done a lot of good work during the last 5 years. absolutely fantastic. thank you for coming out this morning. we appreciate it. we have a lot going on in poolesville. right now we want to find out what is going on on the roadways. we do have a wreck bw park way at route 100. using the shoulder to get past
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that. no problems to report on 95. as you approach above the belt way we have slow traffic leaving 95 into college park. in virginia 95 southbound slows through wood ridge. let's head back to poolesville. >> reporter: thanks so much. appreciate that traffic report. not a lot of traffic where we are right now. how would you like to be considered the new kid on the block? that's what you might call this building we are standing in front of right now. this is actually the old town hall built in 1908. considering a lot of these buildings in town are from the 1700s that is probably new. steve goldberg is the acting president or past president
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with the historic medley district. thanks for joining us. this is a really cool building, kind of a cornerstone here in poolesville. >> it started as a bank. it opened up at poolesville national bank. we had our own money until the depression. now it is owned by historic medley district. we are turning it into the poolesville museum. >> reporter: let's go inside and show people what it looks like inside. love the door. >> it is original. >> reporter: wow. fantastic. now, back when it was first built i would imagine that the ceilings weren't high like they were. >> they had a floor put across
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and the second floor was where the meetings were. and ada requirements you couldn't get up there. so the first thing we did was reopen this. the manager could come out and look down on his tellers and see if they were pocketing money. and at first we said why is the safe so close to the door. and right across here was a brick wall with iron bars. if you think about it they come up on horseback and take the money. >> reporter: this is the original safe. >> this was covered in 22 layers of paint. we found this painting hidden underneath it. it was made in baltimore. you will see under the writing above it said poolesville national bank which went under and then it got turned into the
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central trust bank. >> reporter: historical preservation is very important in this community. >> there is a lot of history and preservation going on around here. people love their roots and history. that is probably the biggest asset we have in this town and that is the people of the town. we don't have a lot of population. we don't have a huge number of businesses but we have a wonderful group here who live in town and think about the town and support the town. that's really what we have here that you don't get anywhere else. >> reporter: one of those folks is claire howard who is an artist. we just have a few minutes to talk to you quickly about the artist community here. >> it is important. this area is so beautiful and it inspires all kinds of artists. i belong to two great organizations, the country side
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artisans which is a group of 15 studios and there are sculptors and textile artists. so many people appreciate the arts. >> reporter: we appreciate you bringing your art out here to share with us. we are going to have more from poolesville coming up on the other side of the break.
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america needs clean energy, and america needs jobs. wind power can deliver on both - but only if the senate encourages investment by passing a strong renewable electricity standard. with a strong res, we can keep 85,000 wind power workers on the job, and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, too. jobs that america could really use right now. for american jobs, tell your senators to pass a renewable electricity standard today.
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president obama says the usda secretary jumped the gun when he decided to fire shirley sherrod. tom vilsack fired sherrod.
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the president called sherrod and he apologized and urged her to return to work. secretary vilsack has apologized for her wrongful termination. trouble for charles rangle. a house panel has charged him with multiple ethics violations including misuse of rent controlled apartments and failure to disclose financial information. he will face a trial in the house but he maintains that he is innocent. coming up next we are heading back out to poolesville, maryland. we are going to check back in coming up. 
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. >> reporter: we are in historic poolesville, maryland this morning. >> reporter: good morning poolesville. this is the fourth stop on our hometown tour. doing this is reminding me of the great hometowns we are surrounded by. this is going to be barnsville
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135th family type picnic. you can get a famous chicken dinner and witness jousting, a moon bounce and arts and crafts for the kids. this is coming up next weekend. thanks for telling us about that. it is part of what makes our area so great. >> reporter: we are going to be talking about the big poolesville day in september. we'll have details about that coming up a little bit later on. we are going to know a little more about this area. thanks to everybody here in poolesville for making our stay a welcome one so far. we have been off to a great start throughout the day. >> reporter: the sun is coming out a little bit. >> reporter: tony and tucker have managed to surround themselves with a lot of young women. it's because tucker and i
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are so good looking. and the main thing is because we are in the shade. that's why they came over. we are surrounded by the young ladies who make up the poolesville field hockey team. let's make some noise. very exciting. we are happy to be here. thanks for joining us. jena grub is the coach. how are you today? >> i'm doing very well. >> i heard one of the ladies say grub alert. what is going on here. you are injured. is this a field hockey injury? >> no. it is a softball injury. >> so you are multi talented, or not. >> we won regional finals and lost in double overtime. >> are you in training now? >> for the past nine years we have done summer training and the girls get up monday,
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wednesday and friday from 7 to 9 in the morning and we train. expecting very big things this year. we have a lot of good girls coming back. >> is there a name for the team? >> poolesville falcons. >> absolutely fantastic. good luck to you, ladies. how did the coach do with her interview just now? >> excellent. i'm rachel. >> nice to meet you. thank you for coming out. it is warming up just a little bit here now. 72-degrees here in poolesville, 79-degrees back in the district. 74% humidity. winds are calm and barometric pressure is on the rise. we have a warming trend underway. i know it is already warm. yesterday mid 90s. today 98 for your high in town.
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100-degrees for tomorrow. that will break a record for the day. we are sure that we are going to break that record. hot and humid. on sunday 96 and a thunderstorm or two. later tonight you could see a couple of thunderstorms or two here or there. your forecast for today looks like this. looking for a high of about 98- degrees, mostly sunny, hot and humid. heat advisory goes into effect at noon today. that is a look at the weather. >> where did they go? >> they saw you coming and they left. i have something for you. can we show that? that is a dunking tank and it has tucker's name written all over it. i'm going to write it on there. let's find out what is going on with traffic. tucker is doing a good job of disappearing. we do have an accident to report right now as you head
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eastbound on the toll way spring hill road. on the inner loop of the belt way we have a disabled vehicle. look at the delay this is causing from springfield very heavy and slow on the loop. 270 southbound very nice trip today. no major problems to report through german town all the way to the split. steve is learning more about white's ferry, i hear. how is it going? >> reporter: thank you very much. a lot of times you hear lauren or julie talking about what is happening with white's ferry which operates right up the road up here. well, it wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the gentleman sitting next to me. ed brown is the owner. >> glad to be here.
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>> reporter: you have been a part of white's ferry since the 40s. tell me about this. we'll consider those the early days. i know it was around longer than that. >> the ferry was started in 42 and i came home from the army in 46 and we got involved in getting it reestablished. and i havebeen involved with it since 1946. >> reporter: why was it so important for you to make sure that ferry operated and has continued to operate? >> we saw it as good for the commerce. >> reporter: so it was a business decision but it helped
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folks get across the river. >> we really run it for the convenience and pleasure of the public. >> reporter: i have taken the ferry a number of times and i can tell you how popular it is because i have been stuck in the row of cars. how many carcass you take at a time? >> we take 24 cars. and crossing time is four minutes. >> reporter: it's a lot quicker than having to drive all the way around to get across. >> that is 30 miles. >> reporter: if you can save me 30 miles in four minutes then that is a good business. there used to be quite a few more ferries. you have the pressure on you to keep it going. is that the hopes to keep it going for a long time? >> we hope to. >> reporter: i know there are times you have had to shut down
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because of the weather. what has been the longest? >> the max was three weeks from ice. >> reporter: is that the biggest worry that you have to deal with? >> the floods are the worst. the river is very wild and the floods are a big problem. >> reporter: we are looking at pictures of a flood from 96. there have only been a couple of big floods that have kept you out of business for a while. >> we usually get put out of business temporarily twice a year. the bigger floods every two years. there is a great flood every ten years. we have had about three or four maximum floods since i have been involved with the ferry operation. >> reporter: ed was telling me how the ferry works. if you have been on it you see
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the cables. you say that is a guide. >> hydraulics. it is very state of the art. hydraulics charge the propellers and the diesel makes the hydraulics. >> reporter: what time do you start running in the morning? >> 5 in the morning until 11 at night. >> reporter: thank you for all your help. thanks for keeping us in business. that is across the river easily so we don't have to make the 30- mile drive all the way around. our hometown friday from poolesville, madu -- maryland will continue after this. [ female announcer ] welcome to busch gardens williamsburg,
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where d.c. goes to get away. maybe it's because washington d.c. loves the legendary coasters. or that your entire family will have fun, even the little ones. it could be that water country usa has more of the waves, slides and rides everyone wants. so plan your getaway and come play. you never know who you'll run into. get started at buschgardens.com/dc.
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america needs clean energy, and america needs jobs. wind power can deliver on both - but only if the senate encourages investment by passing a strong renewable electricity standard. with a strong res, we can keep 85,000 wind power workers on the job, and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, too. jobs that america could really use right now. for american jobs, tell your senators to pass a renewable electricity standard today.
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>> reporter: we are back in poolesville taking a look at the poolesville water tower. back in the day when the house was up and running they didn't have water towers. we are doing something a lot of ladies didn't do and that is sittalu -- sitting idle. thank you for joining us this morning. we are sitting outside the pool house this morning which was built in 1793 but maybe about
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an hour horseback ride from here is the school house where you work. tell me about the school house. >> we have a beautiful red sandstone one room school house which is rare and preserved. an example of early american schooling. it was built in 1860 and operated until about 1910 and it was built on two acres of land donated by my uncle. it is a beautiful preserve of early american schooling. >> reporter: the historic medley district has done a marvelous job preserving the history. that includes the school house and the pool house. did they have sinking back in the day? >> -- did they have spanks back
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in the day? >> corsets. >> reporter: this is original. what was it when it was first built and what was it used for? tell me about the tranceformation this has gone through. >> it was the first building in this town. it is one of the oldest buildings in montgomery county. it was a trade house for merchants. it is a typical early american dry goods store built in 1796 i believe. it is a very old structure and it is a precious slice of life of post colonial america. here we have dry goods and fabrics and food and cast iron pots, wood crafts and crockery, pewter, all of the fibers and materials you would need. >> reporter: when the people
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needed something this was the place they came. >> imagine having to make everything yourself. >> reporter: over the years it did go through a lot of changes. it became a post office at one time. >> it was a post office about 1810 and this was the first address in poolesville. it was post office poolesville, maryland. it continued. it was really the hub of economic life until the town began to spread and grow. >> reporter: the town hadn't grown that much but it is bigger than it was back in the day. this house became a private residence and then it changed hands until it was turned into a museum. >> a key thing about this particular piece of real estate is that it is just a stone throw away from what was an indian cross roads.
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so these were paved over and this town came to life on the spot. it was also at an area that was shallow at the river. it was a huge hot bed of civil war conflict. >> we were talking about that a short while ago and the fact that there were a lot of confederate sympathizers here in this community. >> it was a city under siege. i have learned that the town is embedded with artifacts from the civil war because people tossed things and there were thousands of troops here from time to time. >> reporter: if people want to come they can visit. there is a little gift shop here. >> their children can come for a day in the life of a country school. they can have a four hour slice of life in character in costume. >> reporter: thank you very much for joining us this
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morning. we really appreciate it. >> i do hope i see you in that classroom. >> reporter: not in the principal's office. >> it is just me and my switch. >> reporter: i want to avoid that. we're going to send it back over to tony. no switches. i'm telling you. >> reporter: i'm going to take it. it looks like you are having a great time out there. quick weather forecast and then tony has an exciting band. it is getting hot out here. sun has been up for about two hours. temperatures 79 right now in downtown washington. we are in the low 70s here in poolesville. 80 in annapolis. tropical storm bonnie maximum winds 40 miles per hour. there is the projected path. it looks like it will become a middling tropical storm towards
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the end of the weekend. we will continue to monitor that. our forecast, a hot one. highs later today of 98- degrees. we have a heat advisory that goes into effect at noon today. tomorrow about 100-degrees. that is good weather for music. i'm going to turn it to tony with a special group here today. >> reporter: we are going to hear some blues right now. joining me to my right is memphis gold. thanks for joining us or thanks for letting us join you. memphis is here. over to the right is jay. we have blue steel on guitar and on percussion we have eric. tell me what has been going on with you and how you wound up in poolesville? >> we play at a place out here
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a couple times a month. we are up here playing music a lot. blues has been good to me. we travel a lot to different festivals and different places. >> reporter: you want to play a little for us. what are we going to hear? >> still love me. >> reporter: if you still love me. >> memphis gold. enjoy and after this we will go to lauren in just a little bit. ♪[music] ♪
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♪ [music] ♪ so cool. good to see you guys. on the belt way in virginia we had a disabled vehicle on the inner loop that caused these delays, very heavy and slow from springfield headed up towards 66. on 95 we had an accident on the river bridge. we have delays in veil city. here we are 395 is slow and from the pentagon here. let's head over to sarah simmons. now to the redskins, they have opened 15 training camp practices to fans this year.
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the first open practice is set for a week from today at 4:00 p.m. practices are from july 30 to august 5. fan appreciation day is scheduled for august 7. to check out the full schedule you can go to our website, myfoxdc.com and click on the sports tab. let's send things back out to alison and steve in poolesville, maryland. i love the music out there. he's great. >> reporter: we have the blues music going on in the background and all the good folks out here. you can see everybody that came out this morning. we also want to give a big thanks to one of our viewers who was first with us in leesburg. he brought us some frozen drinks. thank you for being here and for coming to multiple stops. >> reporter: that speaks to
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how grateful we are to be able to get out of the studio and meet some of the people that watch fox 5 morning news. we want to go to our friend over here. we want to let you know coming up in the 8:00 hour we will have dancing, music and history. >> reporter: you had a chance to learn more about an area. >> reporter: sugarland community. that and much more and we will be back from poolesville, maryland after the break. es
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take a look at this crazy story caught on camera. a woman charged and attacked by a bison at yellowstone national park. look at that. luckily the only injuries she got were pretty nasty bruises on her leg. this is the third time a bison
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has injured a visitor at yellowstone this summer. coming up next we are headed back out to poolesville, this week's stop on our hometown friday's tour. we will check back in with the gang enjoying a little blues music this morning. that's coming up. 
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>> reporter: good morning from poolesville, maryland. our latest stop on our hometown fridays. poolesville is just 37 miles from the white house. >> reporter: you'll be loving every minute of it in poolesville. on the town's website it says they pride themselves on being a caring community with small town values. the town was incorporated in 1867 during the civil war. no battles were fought here. >> reporter: a lot of
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confeteerate sympathizers here. the union soldiers were here and the confederate soldiers were here. it is one of the shallow river crossings. it was a very hot bed of activity during the civil war even though the only battle fought close to here was the battle of -- >> reporter: 20,000 union troops were stationed in or around this town. in 2010 news week ranked poolesville high school as the 59th best high school in the entire nation. so quality education, good quality life for families, kind of all that i'm looking for in a neighborhood. >> reporter: we have heard these things talking about the educational system and the small town charm from just about everybody we talked to this morning. we are going to talk about the whole town coming together.
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in addition to the great music that we have behind us, a band that goes by memphis gold. >> reporter: they sound so good this morning. and tony perkins isn't far from the band stand. it is starting to heat up a little bit. i don't know if it is the music or the temperatures. >> reporter: it is both. right behind me tucker barnes doing a dance with one of the young residents here. the music is great. things are warming up here. we started the morning at 78- degrees. right now it is 75-degrees in poolesville. we have a heat advisory that goes into effect at noon today for the entire region because our high temperatures will be in the upper 90s and with the humidity it will feel like over 100-degrees.
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current temperatures 81-degrees in the district. 82 in annapolis, 80 in baltimore. 75 in poolesville. 78 in fredricksburg. here is your forecast for today. heat advisory, mostly sunny, hot and humid. high downtown washington about 98-degrees. that's a look at what is happening with the weather. let's find out what is happening with traffic. here is larren demarko with that. things are looking pretty good right now on southbound bw park way. your delays should be easing. you want to watch for ambulance and police activity southbound 95 because of reports of a medical emergency there. traveling the belt way dealing with the usual delays around college park. here we are at university
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boulevard. in virginia we have a disabled vehicle on the belt way that has caused delays. looks like the pace is improving from springfield past braddock road. i should mention 66 itself inbound looks great today. 395 does slow from the belt way up to king street and again crossing the 14th street bridge into the district you will find volume delays. 95 northbound watch for delays out of dale city. let's head over the sarah simmons. now to our top story. we have good news for struggling home owners a free mortgage modification event is happening at the washington convention center. it is being touted as a round the clock opportunity for affordable financing. sherri ly joins us live outside
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the convention center where people have been camping out overnight. >> reporter: people have come from all over the country to the washington convention center in hopes of modifying their mortgages. the nica, their ceo is down here shaking hands with people. they are calling this the save the dream event. the line here is as far as you can see but many are willing to wait as long as they can. people began camping out overnight to get inside to work out more affordable mortgage payments. the event run by the nonprofit neighborhood corporation of america. the doors open at 9 a.m. and the event will continue 24 hours a day for eight days. some came from as far away as california all with the same goals to save their homes from foreclosure. >> i hope to convert my
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mortgage. >> i have been told that people have been able to lower their interest rates from 6% to 2%. if that is possible it is worth being out here for a couple of hours. >> reporter: these events have been held across the country and thousands of people have been helped. there have been a number of complaints from people who say the company did not live up to its promises. the company this morning told me that they don't promise that they'll be able to help everyone. for instance, if you are overextended, you have a boat and a couple of extra cars or multiple homes, those are the kind of people they may not be able to help. the time is now 806:on this friday. let's check back in with steve and alison in poolesville, maryland. good morning. >> reporter: thank you so much. we are in poolesville.
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we are at wailen commons. this is a relatively new area. the town hall is somewhere else. there is a new town hall now. i bring that up because it is of special significance this morning. >> we are going to have to flashback all the way back to 1959 right now because this town of poolesville, as small as it was back then made national news. this is a copy of the magazine from november 1959. when you open it up you will see a photo of the residents of poolesville. we have a couple of them with us now. one of which is in the picture and the other who skipped the picture for a good reason. you were a youngster back then. >> i was an infant. >> reporter: i asked him, can you pick yourself out in a picture. he said yes. your whole family is in the picture. >> all my brothers, sisters, aunts, my cousin and father and
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friends. >> reporter: the significance of the picture was to talk about what was happening across the population with the -- across the nation with the boom in population. >> they took a snapshot of how large the country would grow every minute to emphasize a census to be done in 1960. >> reporter: betty is with us, too. you did have a good reason. what happened that day around 4:00? >> we got married. >> reporter: your fiance was in the picture but your mom told you to stay home. >> she said you can't go because you might see him. so i stayed home. >> reporter: was it a good choice? >> it was a good choice. >> reporter: we appreciate you all being here. we are trying to re-create that
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day a little bit with some of the original people here. can you believe it has been this long? can you believe it has been all that time? >> i can't believe it at all. >> reporter: was it exciting to be in a national magazine? >> we got to see a helicopter. this is 1959 with a bubble helicopter. nobody had seen that out here. >> reporter:we don't have a helicopter to re-create the picture. we have a camera up there to get a view of all the great folks. i think we have crease the original 350 today. you guys know how to throw a party. >> reporter: let's look at that and re-create that picture. 51 years ago back in 1959 poolesville, maryland was the site of national geographic.
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we are here today celebrating that history. thank you very much. >> pleasure to be here. >> reporter: we'll be right back. >> reporter: we are going to be talking about where we are going from here as the community continues to grow. 
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welcome back to hometown friday live in poolesville. drew simms is the man singing on stage. listen to his voice for a
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moment. marvelous voice ♪ [music] ♪ same old dream [music] ♪ >> reporter: they have marvelous musicians here. he is great. tucker, bring this young lady down. we have all kinds of youngsters dancing. this is jade dancing. this is kara. turn around and look at the camera. this is one special live edition of fox 5 from poolesville. the kids are out loving the music. jade is 20 months old. how old are you? >> 4 and a half. >> reporter: drew simms nice job, man. fantastic. thank you for being on tv. you want to say hi to somebody on tv? >> snow white. >> reporter: very good. jade wants more music.
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there you go. the cute factor of the day. tucker, let's talk about what is going on with our weather not just here but we have weather down to the south. we'll start with a heat advisory. we are going to have temperatures that feel like over 100-degrees later today. current temperatures around the region right now we are at 81- degrees in washington. 75-degrees here in poolesville. 80 in richmond. 78 up in new york city so the warm stuff is here. we have the tropics to deal with now. tropical storm bonnie. you can see here on its projected path that it is a threat to south florida and then the northern gulf west of new orleans. we have to watch this one carefully because it is going right where we don't want it. we have tropical storm warnings now for south florida and a
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tropical storm watch issued for the northern gulf. likely to intensify a little bit here. >> looking for a high today of 98-degrees. at timeatize will feel like it is 105 today. limit your time outside later on today. 100-degrees tomorrow. it will be a record high, very, very hot tomorrow. dangerous weather conditions at times. it may feel like 110 tomorrow. right now it is in the mid 70s here in poolesville. look at this crowd we have in poolesville, maryland this morning for hometown fridays. we are having a fantastic time. we have more coming up in a little bit. let's find out what is happening on the roadways. those kids are too cute. things look pretty good on the roads. we do have delays inbound on 395 as you head northbound from the belt way headed up towards
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king street. from the pentagon across the 14th street bridge we have slow downs. northbound 95 looks pretty good. this is our only real heavy traffic spot on 123. after that very nice trip up towards springfield. delays easing on the belt way as well as the inner loop. here we are 270. look at this. nice and easy ride right now all the way down towards the split. sarah, back to you. >> reporter: we talked about the poolesville area and the history of the poolesville area and the civil war and colonial days and everything leading up until now. so much has gone into this. you spent part of the day yesterday. >> reporter: between the civil war ending and that picture
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being taken lots of stuff happened. one of the things that happened was a small community called sugarland, it is unique and special to the people here with us today. i want to give you a history of this community founded in 1871. the historic sugarland community sits quietly between poolesville and -- it became an early african american settlement. >> a lot of them were free before and they brought their land. it was pretty much like a gentleman's agreement. they lived on the land. once it was paid for then it was deeded. it was the same way the church was done. >> reporter: that church is the historic st. paul community church. it was the cornerstone of old
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sugarland. the parcel of land was sold for $25. >> it was where they all came together. it is where they had their meetings. when they needed discipline everything was done through the church. they were very close knit and faith based. >> reporter: this old cemetery the final resting place for sugarland's first families. today the church is a museum to help tell the story of the fortitude of its early inhabitants. >> we had our own post office and a community grocery store. if someone was sick another family would come in and take care of them. they shared different types of staples, taking care of one another. it was a self sustaining community. >> reporter: the descendants of the freed blacks worked tirelessly to preserve the
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past. >> this is a picture of my grandfather. he was instrumental in getting a lot of the information for the black historical resources book that the county did in the 70s, a lot of the information on the families in the area. there is a younger picture of him and his grandfather. >> reporter: it is a whole family tree. >> youu yes. both sides. >> reporter: today the church is the only reminder of the once thriving community. the other buildings are gone but the sacrifice of these early families is still felt on this ground. a lot of history right here. >> reporter: there is so much history. it opens up as to what is here. there are so many areas like this that we don't look into the history and it is right in front of us. >> reporter: i would love to
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get paid just to do that. >> reporter: you are meeting great people. >> reporter: in the meantime for me and lisles in the piece yesterday. >> history has a tendency to do that. >> reporter: it pulls everybody together. we talked about the significance of the sugarland forest community back in the day. you are here today. how fulfilling? >> i love this community. everybody has embraced me and my children. the schools are wonderful. we are getting ready for our poolesville day on september 25. everybody comes together like one big family. they come out in public and if they do something wrong i'm going to hear about it. and then everything is wonderful here. i love poolesville. everybody come on out. >> reporter: your ancestors would be very proud.
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she is a direct discerned -- descendant. >> reporter: we feel like we are a part of poolesville today. everybody has been really friendly to us. we are meeting so many great people. tony is going to be doing a little dance later on. tucker has been working on the stage with the bands. >> reporter: there is a corn eating contest and a dunk tank. we'll be right back. fox 5 morning news from poolesville continues after the break. om
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police are investigating a deadly accident. it happened in the 11300 block in upper marlboro. one person was thrown from the vehicle and killed, another person was hospitalized. a double drowning is under investigation this morning.
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police say david massy jumped into his neighbor's backyard pool to save his 12 year old nephew. the boy had apparently hopped the neighbor's fence. both died shortly after arriving at a local hospital. the tidal wave roller coaster in ocean city is shut down this morning. three people were hurt on the coaster. they were taken to the hospital. the three are between 10 and 15 years old. that ride will stay closed until state inspectors finish up. the heat index going to be in the triple digits. that is why the weather dog is inside all day in the air conditioning. you poor thing. i have biscuits. we'll watch animal planet. the rest of the crew is outside in poolesville, maryland for
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this week's stop on our hometown friday's tour. we are going to get another check on our forecast and find out more about what makes this town so special. stay with us. fox 5 morning news will be right back.
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>> reporter: welcome back to poolesville everybody. it is a great morning out here. we want to stay good morning to the little girls from sunny day child care. >> my name is michelle. >> reporter: who doesn't love a princess? >> i like princesses. >> reporter: here in poolesville in the area there is a unique sort of party planners. if you have a birthday party for your kids or if you want to have a mother/daughter kind of thing there is old oaks tea
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parlor. we are here. good morning. this is so indicative of who this business is for. it is so sweet. it is like a fantasy for little girls and big girls. >> everybody gets to dress up. >> reporter: it is about 80 something degrees. a princess always looks dressed. we appreciate you having this outfit on today. >> reporter: how hot is it in that? >> not too bad. a little itchy. >> reporter: still early, though. it was a beautiful morning when we got out here. it was in the 60s this morning at 5:00 this morning. >> reporter: that is a nice picture of the tea room that you can enjoy if you book a party. we wanted to highlight some of the great companies and businesses and the spirit that makealize of these hometowns that we visit just so great. thank you princess. thank you little princesses.
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>> they are primed for tv already. >> reporter: as our princess goes on to bigger and better things we will head over to look at our forecast. still a good morning but we are starting to feel it now. that heat is starting to increase moment by moment. the last report was 75-degrees. we probably added a couple of degrees on top of that. right now reagan national airport is at 81-degrees. dulles is 79. we will see increases on all of the temperatures in about 30 minutes. our temperature trend, believe it or not it will get warmer still. yesterday the mid 90s. today we areu-looking for 93 a high. tomorrow 100-degrees will be the high temperature. that will set a new record for the day. still hot on sunday with a chance of scattered showers and
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thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. monday we cool off to 92- degrees. here is your forecast for today. hot, humid, high about 98 in town. a slight chance of a scattered shower or thunderstorm late in the afternoon or during the evening hours. here in poolesville this morning we met quite a variety of performers, some singers, some musicians. now we have young people performing for us. joining me now is fran. very good. she is the artistic director for the hope garden ballet academy. thank you for coming out. tell us about the academy and your girls. >> we have had the academy here for about 12 years. a lot of these girls have been with me since they were four or 5 years old. they come six days a week. i have about 60 students. in the small town of poolesville i have found amazing talent so we joke that we put something in the water
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here. >> reporter: they do start young. >> let me see if i can get them to stand up. they are four and 5 years old. ballet one can you stand up? turn around and look at the camera. >> reporter: generally speaking, they are adorable. is thatt when you start around 4 or 5? >> i do and i get them on stage as soon as possible. we have a lot of fun so they keep doing it because ballet eventually gets very difficult. allowing them to be on stage makes them want to keep doing it. today they are going to do a classical ballet. the girls have worked very hard this week to get ready just for this. we had to do last minute changes. >> reporter: let's take it away. let them do it. it is the hope garden ballet
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academy. here they are. coming to you live from poolesville, maryland.
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>> reporter: there is so much talent here at poolesville. they perform at schools and different functions all across the state. very happy to have them out here this morning.
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hope garden ballet academy. halson and steve back to you. >> reporter: beautiful, tony. thank you so much. >> reporter: alison wanted me to do this for her. >> reporter: i found a friend instead. take it away, steve. >> reporter: alison is going to be doing that for us because we are going to be doing jazzer sizing coming up. you are going to work up a sweat. more from poolesville coming up. this is horse country. that is coming up as our hometown friday continues from poolesville, maryland. rd
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. a teacher is accused of having sex with two of his 15 year old students. a grand jury has indicted him and a warrant is out for his arrest. he taught social studies and was a football coach at flowers high school. police are asking any other potential victims to come forward. northwest airlines is under fire this morning for violating
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federal safety rules more than a thousand times. a report is backing up claims by a former faa inspector. years ago he blew the whistle between government inspectors and the airlines. the dc army national guard is holding its first law enforcement job fair today from 10 to 2 at the armory. at least 15 agencies will be there and job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally, bring their id and copies of their resumes. our job of the day is at iron mountain. it is an information protection and storage service. it is looking for an imaging production specialist. responsibilities include scanning cardcopy files to electronic images. if you would like more information on this job and others go to myfoxdc.com and click on the job shop tab on
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the top of our home page. up next we will check back in with steve, alison, tony and tucker all in poolesville, maryland this morning. quite a crowd has gathered out there today. we are going to find out more about what makes this town so special. stay with us. fox 5 morning news will be right back. 
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>> reporter: we are hanging out in poolesville, maryland this morning. you know something that is superbig? >> reporter: more dancing. >> reporter: this time we get to sweat it out. >> reporter: we get to show our stuff. >> reporter: it is time for me to do something. this is jennifer and kathy is over there instructing the crowd. these are two instructors of jazzercise. >> we have been here for 20
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years. we bring a great aerobic program. we have a lot of people that come out. i teach kids here in town. i teach adults and i coach cheer leading at the high school. these are some of my cheerleaders. we are ready to rock here. >> reporter: i have a feeling i know the answer, what does jazzercise do for the body. >> we are working our core, abdominals, glutes. >> reporter: you two ladies are living examples of how cute you can look. >> reporter: are leg warmers still in? >> they might come back. if you have them on it's okay. >> reporter: under the pants. >> reporter: you going to show us some moves? >> we are. >> reporter: i'm going to go in the back. >> reporter: i'm going to be brave. >> reporter: don't embarrass me
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>> reporter: from that kind exercise to a different kind of therapy and that is therapy involving horses. joining us this morning is nicole with equicovry. thank you for being here. who is this sweet baby? >> this is pegasus. pegasus is a rescue pony. >> reporter: when we talk about therapy with horses it is not so much a therapeutic riding that we are talking about, it is getting in tune with who you are with these gorgeous animals. >> absolutely. horses do an amazing job of showing us the essence of who we are, stripping away our
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fears and issues and whatever is going on in your life. he is going to help you. so we just create a horsemanship program where we invite the adults and teenagers in. be as you are. we teach horsemanship skills and through that it becomes therapeutic because there is no judgment, no pressure. people learn how to ride body, mind and spiritual. they learn how to ride horses and learn how to train horses and how to be. who you are is enough. >> reporter: tell me why you started this program? >> i spent a lifetime watching horses and i think they helped me become a better person. i did a little riding for sport but i developed such a cool relationship with my horses and with animals in general that i realized their way of being was so authentic that they could teach me how to feel comfortable in my own skin.
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>> no pretense with them. they are what they are. >> reporter: you are a client of nicole's. tell me why you started riding and why it is really front you and what you get out of it. >> i have ridden before in the past in many different venues. i met nicole two years ago and she has always given me permission to be who i am. just by accepting who i was every day without question just like horses do. >> reporter: tell me what it is you love about riding and being around these gorgeous animals. >> i needed to learn to stop thinking about what i needed to do later in my day and be present in this moment and clear my mind. in doing so i create this stillness and i realize that i have found myself. the essence of me is what this horse is responding to he is
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standing here with a complete sense of safety and calm. they have given me that tool to be so balanced and horses have a way of connecting us back to our human nature. the biggest benefit i have is with working with horses in this type of way i have learned to give myself permission to explore my passion and i am doing other things are enjoy in my life. i never have a day without a horse like pegasus. >> any day on a horse is a good day. >> reporter: really appreciate it. we put a link to their website on our website, myfoxdc.com. we'll let you get this guy out of the heat and get him some water. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: we are with the good folks from the poolesville military support group right now. we have paul and jan and karl with us.
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and a beautiful plaque presented to them last night. if you take a look over you will see a $10,000 check that these folks presented. tell us about your organization and how you are able to be so generous. >> we started seven years ago. our primary focus is our wounded soldiers. we bring them out for a day of relaxation, a picnic, food to get away from the hospital and get them out into a more community based environment. then our secondary primary is the fisher house. the fisher house is where they can bring their family members in. it is based on community bases throughout the country. they bring their families in. they can stay free of charge. fisher house is something we have donated $70,000. we want to give a special thanks to paul because paul spent quite a bit of time
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serving our country overseas. >> we have about 70 local men and women who are currently serving in our armed forces. we are very supportive of them and i think it is important that we do that. >> reporter: what is the reaction like for some of the folks that are at walter reed that come out here? >> they just feel at home. it is something that they really need and they really enjoy themselves. they come out and they can be themselves and not worry about what they have gone through and their traumatic experiences. >> reporter: i know this money doesn't just come out of no where. >> all of our area patrons from the grocery store down to the residents all help us make this possible. without their support this could not be possible. >> reporter: let's hope that you can make another check donation next year.
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we appreciate your good service. congratulations on your plaque. the good folks from the poolesville military support group. karl, thank you, jan, thank you, paul, thank you for your service. we are going to take a short break. we are back at the top of the hour with more from today's hometown friday in poolesville, maryland. we'll see you then.
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>> reporter: we love it. that's the poolesville prawnas. thank you so very much. >> reporter: great swim team we're told. we are going to highlight that a little bit later. i'm allison seymour. and i'm steve chenevey. we are going to talk about another event in poolesville. we are going to get a scoop on this year's festivities. >> reporter: that jazzercise thing kind of wore me out. >> reporter: you put tucker to shame. that i will say. >> reporter: i know i wasn't part of it but i know tucker was in the back. >> reporter:

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